Endurance Excerpt #2

Book cover with title Endurance and showing the silhouette of a woman standing by a window with a view of Saturn and its rings.
Pub date June 21. Ebook is available for pre-orders now!

If you like what you see, Endurance is now available for pre-orders of ebooks on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Endurance-Elaine-Burnes-ebook/dp/B0B353S9RN

But Amazon is only the beginning. The ebook will be available through the usual outlets as well as libraries (including Hoopla and Overdrive). Print books will be available through Amazon and wherever sold through Ingram. That means Bookshop, B&N, and indies if you request it.

Fair warning, Endurance is a big book and these days that means expensive to print, so if you like ebooks, you’re in good hands! If you prefer print, well, it’ll be worth it!

The story continues here…

“Welcome to Saturn,” Natalie Okeke, the expedition leader, said in her soft Yoruba-accented English.

She stood before them, her eyes sweeping the room, holding each person for a fraction of a second, making each feel graced by her presence. Tonight she wore a bright batik head tie, a gele matching Omara Tours’ gold and green. It fanned out from her head like a halo, no, like rings. Over her flight suit, she wore a matching ibo skirt and buba blouse.

“As you can see, Saturn’s glow is not faked.” She paused. “Go ahead, you wondered, didn’t you.” Low chuckles spread through the room. “In fact, Saturn doesn’t only reflect light. The sun is too far away. No, he also radiates from within. He is hot.” She smiled seductively.

This was Natalie’s first trip to space, and her early nervousness had settled into an ease as part storyteller, part scientist. She regaled her audiences with interesting details about Mars, Jupiter, Ganymede. She knew this stuff cold, how Saturn formed, how many moons. Lyn’s thoughts drifted during that part of the talk. She scanned the crowd. A hundred passengers with the means to spend three months touring the solar system on the Grand Tour, a once-in-a-lifetime alignment of Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn.

“Enceladus . . .” Some things couldn’t be blocked out. Natalie said the word reverently, drawing out the syllables. En-cel-a-dus. One of the more charismatic moons and with good reason. Natalie pointed to the tiny dot with her laser. Too small to see the bright pearl coloring or the plumes of water and ice. So small yet so dangerous.

To be continued…


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